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FOUR ABSTRACT CLASSICISTS PLUS ONE

KARL BENJAMIN, LORSER FEITELSON, FREDERICK HAMMERSLEY, JOHN McLAUGHLIN
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HELEN LUNDEBERG



FOUR ABSTRACT CLASSICISTS PLUS ONE
Lorser Feitelson, John McLaughlin, Frederick Hammersley, Karl Benjamin and Helen Lundeberg

January 15th to February 25th, 2000

This show is an echo of an historic original. In 1959, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art mounted "Four Abstract Classicists" curated by Jules Langsner; it was subtitled "California HardEdge" by Lawrence Alloway when it went on to England and Ireland. It was the first introduction of hardedge 'colorforms' to the international art scene. California was the creative center, as Lars Nittve pointed out in "Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997."

Our show opens with 1950s 'colorforms' paintings - see Feitelson's Magical Space Forms - and continues through to works of the '80s in Hammersley's Compound Interest.

After WWII, Los Angeles proceeded to strengthen the foundation of Modernism begun the decade earlier. Art centers were expanded, prominent private collections were formed, young and mature artists examined, explored, experimented with techniques and expressions. Quietly, thoughtfully and independently, Feitelson, McLaughlin, Hammersley, Benjamin - and Feitelson's wife Helen Lundeberg worked at their easels. During the '50s, through the observations of Jules Langsner - writer, curator and Los Angeles Times art critic - and Peter Selz, then professor at the Claremont Colleges, a thread connecting these artists was noted. They all gathered in the Feitelsons home with the goal of creating an exhibition; however, the climate for including Helen - a woman! - was not prevailing. Helen Lundeberg is now included.

Illustrations available to request.


Return to: Karl Benjamin Lorser Feitelson
Frederick Hammersley John McLaughlin Helen Lundeberg